"The Day I discovered secret power of praise" Try it???
The secret power of Praise can change your whole life forever!!!
By: Vicky Hayes
It`s so easy to praise and give God thanks after we are delivered from a problem - when the headache is gone or your enemies are defeated. But going and extra mile and worship God through very bad conditions really gets God`s attention.
Some people may say; I try praising God, but it`s so hard for me to belive that He really has a hand in ALL things...
Let`s see what the Bible sais about it.
The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5-18 that we are to give God thanks in ALL circumstances (not just when everything is grate)
but when our life is full of difficulties and troubles. That`s what the Bible sais in this verse to thank and praise God in ALL circumstances becouse it`s God`s will for us. This is not an option this is what God command us to do.
Why does God command us to be thankful in All things?
In Romans ch 8:28 sais that ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord.
Jeremiah 29:11 God sais; For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
So to praise God in ALL circumstances means literally that we accept and approve of it`s happenings as a part of God`s plan for our lives.
Let`s see what the Bible has to say what happens when we start to praise and thank God when our lifes are full of difficulties...
A grate example is found in the Book of Acts 16:25,26. Here we see Paul and Silas in prison. Not only were they thrown in jail, they have also badly beaten and placed in a cold and dirty cell with their feet in stocks - now that`s a depressing situation!
What was their response to this seemingly hopelless set of circumstances? The answer begins in verse 25: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. SUDDENLY there was such a violant earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.
At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody`s chains came loose. In verse 27 sais that when the jaililer woke up and saw what has happened he killed himself with his own sword!
Here is another good example what happened as people were praising and worshiping God under very bad condition.
In 2 Chronicals 20 people were terrifyed (paralyzed with fear),
Jehosaphat was badly shaken when he heard the news that this grate big army was marching towards them to destroy them. And his army was much smaller then this army that was going to attack them, so he begged God to help him.
So after going without food (fasting) and praying God told him what to do.
Then Jehoshaphat did what the Lord told him to do he gave the orders to his army. He appointed singers (worshipers) to sing to the Lord and to give Him thanks...as they wen`t out before this grate big army singing; Give Thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.
What happened as they were singing and giving thanks to the Lord?
The Bible sais that the Lord defeated their enemies by confusing them so much that they killed each other!
So now I know what praise and giving thanks to the Lord does. The Bible sais that it defeates the enemy by confusing them.
One day I asked the Lord to tell me how does praise and thanksgiving confuse the enemy? God spoke to me and said this;
When people start to praise and give Him thanks under very difficult circumstances satan looses his power over us. Praise confuses the enemy becouse he just doesen`t understand how can a person praise God and be thankful when they are supposed to be misserable?
It just doesen`t make any sence to him...and he get`s confused...
he sais; I am not going to bother with this person anymore. Instead of being misserable and angry at God this person is praising God!
He sais this doesen`t make any sence so i won`t bother with this person anymore...I will go and bother someone else!!!
What happens when people fail to thank God in all circumstances?
First the Lord led me to turn to Romans 1:21 to show what happens when people fail to thank God. In verse 21 it sais;
People were not thankful and as a result their minds become dark and confused.
So when people are thanking God in bad circumstances it confuses the enemy but when people fail to thank God it`s the other way around they get confused and the Bible sais that their mind becomes dark.
Another example is found in Deutoronomy 28 starting in verse 45 to the end of the chapter. In verse 47 this is what the Lord said;
You will become slaves to your enemies becouse of your failure to praise God. The Lord will send your enemies against you...
P.S. Share what happened as a result in my life when I praised and thanked God through difficult circumstances. And also share what
happened when I failed to praise and thank Him when things got really bad...
May God Bless you in every area of your life!!!
Your Sister in Christ Jesus,